Graham Bond and Jon Day, Lanhydrock’s Head Green Keeper, got their passports out and ventured North to Harrogate for the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) which is Europe's leading showcase for turf professionals and buyers.

The trip proved very informative and it was good to get away from day to day business and meet professionals from across the industry.

As the greens have improved over the last couple of years we will continue with our feed programme with Countrywide and their local expert Richard Shapland.

New Investments that will be of interest to our members & guests are as follows -


We had previously shown interest in Envirobunker and sent Jon and Tom to a demonstration at Yelverton. To aid maintenance and reduce damage causes by rabbit scrapes etc, this system has been at St Andrews Links, Turnberry and Chart Hills to name but a few famous courses. We will initially refurbish two bunkers with this method. The 13th greenside bunker being one of them. Please view their website at for further details.

New Semi Rough Mower

To enable more productive output from the course staff and to reduce ‘walk behind’ mowing we have purchased Toro Groundmaster 3500-D Rotary Mower. This machine has the facility whereby the decks can be moved to one side and overhang bunkers etc without the wheels of the mower being too close to the edge.

Ball Washers

We will install a further four Ball Washers with bins on the course. I have previously not purchased because they are a significant price for what they are. However, there was a ‘SHOW OFFER’, so Simon, tell me where you would like them located ……

Like all exhibitions you view and discuss great products and ideas and one can be quite envious of big budget clubs. Jon and his team are looking forward with renewed vigour for the forth-coming season and are very much encouraged by our member’s kind words of the course last year.

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Written by Regan

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